Mustangs dominate Rebels, 35-0By Scott Mims Published 10:53pm Friday, September 9, 2011
The Isabella Mustangs (2-1, 1-1) trampled the Thorsby Rebels (0-3, 0-2) in region play Friday night, 35-0.
Tyler Smith was first to penetrate the end zone from 3 yards out in the first. The PAT was good, and it was all Mustangs from there.
Just 30 seconds into the second quarter, DeRodgus Campbell ran 39 yards for a touchdown.
Isabella attempted an onsides kick, but Thorsby gained possession on a controversial call. On another play, the Isabella defense knocked the ball loose, but again Thorsby retained possession. The drive was fruitless, however, and the Mustangs wasted no time getting down the field as Mason Pate scored from 2 yards out.
The score at halftime was 21-0.
Campbell intercepted a Thorsby pass at 8:02 in the third, paving the way for another Smith touchdown, a 22-yarder. Yet another touchdown was just icing on the cake for Isabella.
The Rebels came close to scoring in the fourth quarter, but Trey Calfee intercepted a pass in the end zone, keeping the shutout alive.
“We were pumped up,” said Isabella coach Scott Booth of the annual rivalry. “We knew if we didn’t win tonight, our backs would be up against the wall.”
Booth said he was especially proud of the Mustang defense.
“I don’t think our kids quit tonight. They played hard. We’ve got to go back to work Monday and get better,” said Thorsby coach Billy Jackson.
Smith was the game’s leading rusher with 141 yards on 22 carries, and Campbell had 117 yards on 7 carries.